BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Thursday, the Boston Celtics officially named Joe Mazzulla as the 19th Head Coach in the franchise's history— replacing former Head Coach Ime Udoka.
“As he has shown, Joe is a very talented coach and leader. He has a unique ability to galvanize a room around a mission. We are thankful for the work he has done to help get us to this point, and excited that he has agreed to lead us into the future,” said Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
For the current season, the Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 42-17.
According to the Celtics, Mazzulla is native to New England, raised in Johnston, Rhode Island, and was named the National Basketball Associations' Coach of the Month in the EC for games played between October and November. On January 30, Mazzulla was awarded the NBA All-Star Head Coach title, and is set to coach Team Giannis in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Additionally, Mazzulla is the third first-year head coach over the last 24 years to run an All-Star team. In the Celtics' history, Mazzulla is the eighth to receive that position.
Mazzulla stepped in as coach at the start of the 2022-2023 season, after former head coach Udoka was suspended by team management.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.